Glen Taylor’s 16th goal of the season proved to be the decisive strike as Ashington dented Marske’s previously unbeaten record to pull off a terrific victory on Teesside on Tuesday night.
Taylor struck ten minutes into the second half, latching onto a defensive error before steadying himself and coolly lofting the ball over the advancing Robert Dean and into the back of the net.
The win was nothing more than Gary Middleton’s side deserved against a side who were returning to action only three days after a memorable FA Cup third qualifying round win over Halesowen.
The Colliers attacked from the kick-off with Lee Scott finding Sam Norris down the right flank but his cross was intercepted for a corner which came to nothing.
Ashington were shading a good game where chances were few and far between, but in the 19th minute visiting keeper Karl Dryden was called into the action, palming away a left footed free kick from 30 yards by Liam O’Sullivan.
At one end Glen Taylor clipped wide, then at the other winger Bryan Stewart was allowed acres of space but after receiving the ball and beating Norris, he flashed a shot across goal.
Later, Kyle Oliver set up a Glen Taylor effort which was blocked by Dean, then Marc Walton drove a low free kick from 22 yards narrowly wide.
Just before the interval the visitors carved out a marvellous opening. Walton found Norris down the right but when he crossed, David Carson attempted to lay the ball off for Glen Taylor and the danger was averted.
Five minutes into the second half Dryden kept out a stinging effort from Glen Butterworth with James Taylor clearing.
Then Dryden’s clearance was flicked on by Walton only for Glen Taylor’s half volley to be fisted away by Dean.
After Taylor’s had broken the deadlock, John Alexander’s weak shot was taken by Dryden, who then tipped over an effort from distance by Matthew Crossen.
Marske changed formation as they went in search of an equaliser and exerted pressure, but Ashington manned the pumps, defending superbly.
Indeed they restricted the home side to only one clear cut chance which came two minutes from the end of normal time when Alexander - leaning back - scooped the ball wide after a cross from the left by substitute Thomas Atkinson.
Recent newcomers to the Ashington ranks Kyle Downey and Paul Jackson were handed full debuts and performed admirably along with new acquisition Ryan McGorrigan, who came on during the second half as a substitute.
But a magnificent result for the Colliers was certainly Taylor-made.
Apart from Glen Taylor scoring the winner the Colliers had the outstanding player on the park in defender James Taylor.
Ashington: Dryden, Lee Scott, Oliver, Downey, Jackson, J Taylor, Norris (Briggs 70 mins), Johnson, Walton (McGorrigan 63 mins), G Taylor, Carson. Subs not used: Race, Barnard.